Chapter 2: Diversity of Soil Organisms

Soil is one of the most diverse habitats on Earth. Soil biota includes archaea, bacteria, protists, tardigrades, rotifers, nematodes, acari (mites), collembola (springtails), worms (enchytraeids and earthworms), macroarthropods (e.g. ants, termites, centipedes, millipedes, woodlice, etc.) and burrowing mammals. It also … Read More

Chapter 4: Ecosystem Functions & Services

The combined activity of soil organisms results in ecosystem functions that sustain life on the planet. Ecosystem functions that generate benefits to society have been defined as ecosystem services. The centrality of belowground biodiversity to global sustainability is because soil … Read More